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America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (At Least) a Generation

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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and constitutional parameters, supervising its general implementation, sanctioning its use in specific cases, and brushing aside concerns about its many flaws.
That unusual role in the American legal system is about to change. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the court this summer, the Supreme Court will lose a heterodox jurist whose willingness to cross ideological divides made him the deciding factor in many legal battles. In cases involving the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, his judgment often meant the difference between life and death for hundreds of death-row pr…

Iran: Former police officer executed in Mashhad; 52 youths awaiting execution in Tehran Prison

At least 52 youths under the age of 32 are awaiting the implementation of their execution sentences in Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafouyeh Prison), according to reports from the prison.

Among these death-row inmates, 32 are imprisoned in Section 1 and another 20 are incarcerated in Section 2 of the prison.

According to informed sources, over 100 death-row prisoners in Unit 2 of Ghezel-Hesar Prison in Karaj, north-west of Tehran, who engaged in a series of strikes and rioting have been transferred to Fashafouyeh Prison.

Source: Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, August 2, 2016

A Former Police Officer Executed in Mashhad


Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison on July 27. His family was informed to attend the last meeting in Mashhad prison 1 day before. Mr. Sabzevari was married and had 2 children, 10 and 2 1/2.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Reza Sabzevari, 32, former policeman from Neyshabur was executed in Mashhad prison.

Mr. Sabzevari was an officer of Department of Fighting Drugs and has been imprisoned since 1 year and a half ago.

There is no information about his charges.

According to informed sources his family has been told in a phone call to go to Mashhad Prison to visit Mr. Sabzevari for the last time.

Source: HRANA News Agency, August 2, 2016

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